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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week ...

Today's film is an old favorite of mine. Back in my school days I had a copy of this that I would watch over and over again and make my friends watch, too. It's a cheesy film but a solid effort.

Enjoy ...

Yoinked from wikipedia, radiation cinema, and the good folks at eccentric-cinema.com ...

Monster on the Campus (Monster in the Night and Stranger on the Campus) is a 1958 American science fiction/horror film, released by Universal Pictures. The film was the last of Universal's science fiction monster films released before Island of Terror (1966). Monster on the Campus was directed by Jack Arnold and from a script by David Duncan.

Jack Arnold (1916 - 1992) was considered the most skilled director to have worked in the B-movie genre during the 1950s. With movies in his oeuvre like It Came From Outer Space, Revenge of the Creature, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Tarantula and today's better than average feature it was clear that he was at the top of his game.

In essence, Monster is an atomic age Jekyll-Hyde movie. Paleontologist, Prof. Donald Blake (Arthur Franz) teaches and does his research at a southern California university; where he spends a great deal of time packing his pipe, staring off morosely into space, and being very concerned about the baser instincts of man - those primal, warlike urges which, the professor is convinced, must be understood and controlled if the human race wishes to avoid self-destruction.

The film's main mistake was probably the giant dragonfly, which looks terrible — the DVD's wonderfully clean print reveals every trick used to bring it to 'life'. Or maybe it's the hysterical fact that the doctor's second transformation is AGAIN accidental, and still causes me to say out loud on each viewing, 'Watch out, Doc! You're smoking coelacanth!'

But even the absurdity isn't too much for a die hard '50s monster film fan like me. Over the years I've returned to this flawed little mess repeatedly just to soak up the 1950s atmosphere and straightfaced nuttiness. I even get a chuckle or two out of the police detective's attempts to shoehorn normal ideas about the crime into the scenario. And the movie boasts some effectively eerie shots, including the sight of Molly's body hanging from a tree by its hair.

Of course, as an old Marvel comics fan I also get a laugh out of Dr. Donald Blake being The Mighty Thor's alter ego, so clearly I'm pretty easy to please."

Steve's Snacks Of The Week:
Coffee
Pills
More Coffee
Chips
Popcorn
Random Bits Of Candy
Asthma Medicine Residue

... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety FOR FREE!

(it's also close captioned in spanish for some strange reason, so ... there ya go)

But lets go over a few rules first. There's no talking in Steve's Theater during our feature presentation and talkers will be flushed down our industrial sized toilets into the sewers. Also, no cell phones or African-American berries in the theater. Please dispose of all trash in its proper receptacle. And NO TEXTING! I'm VERY serious about that on.

And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).

ENJOY THE SHOW, Y'ALL!

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